Israel said it will allow two female African migrants -- one who is pregnant -- and a teen to enter the country, and turn over more than a dozen other refugees who have been trapped at its border to Egyptian authorities.
A group of some 20 African migrants is trapped between Israel's border fence with Egypt and Israeli soldiers who have been ordered not to let them in.
Migrant workers from the Ivory Coast have two weeks to leave Israel before they begin being arrested and ultimately deported, Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai said.
What shall be done about the large number of non-citizens who dwell in Israel? This question is no longer merely vexing; it is urgent, inflammatory, sometimes violent, often vulgar.
Israel said on Monday it had started rounding up African migrants in the first stage of a controversial "emergency plan" to intern and deport thousands deemed a threat to the Jewish character of the state.
A Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese migrants who entered the country illegally.
More U.S. Jewish organizations are condemning anti-African migrant riots in Tel Aviv.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest.
Israel's Knesset approved a bill that would allow authorities to arrest and hold illegal migrants for up to three years.